Posts from 26th July 2006

Jul 06

MANFRED MANN – “Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)”

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#244, 17th February 1968

Beginning a hot streak for mentalist bubblegum hits: I always think of this one as a children’s song, because I heard it when I was 7 or 8 and thought it was enchanting, mysterious and funny. As a grown-up I was surprised to learn it was a Bob Dylan number – of course Dylan’s own version isn’t so surprising, as the man always did a roaring trade in shaggy-dog stories. I shouldn’t be surprised either that it makes the transition to pop so well – the Basement Tape songs strike me as an attempt to make aspects of folk (tradition, allusion, intimacy) and pop (hooks, disposability, surface impact) fold into one another in a more interesting way than just doing shiny covers of old tunes. (They’re also an attempt to have some fun on holiday, of course).

This is Manfred Mann’s best number one, free of the overplayed sneering of “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” – maybe this nonsense struck more of a chord with them than that nonsense did, or they were suckered into thinking that this nonsense wasn’t, but they sound like they’re enjoying the party at least. What makes the record good though are the flute breaks and the rolling, staggering rhythm, which well suits the freewheeling invention of the lyric.

Match Fixing? Just a bit of fun (click thru for duck action)

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So while Italian clubs get their punishment reduced for the heinous crime of match fixing, the BBC treat something which is clearly as suspicious with the lightest of comic touches. An entire village cricket team get out for ten ducks and a man stranded on 0 not out*. This almost unthinkable result is treated as a bit of a gag, without anyone going around the local bookies to see if a bet had been laid on the lowest score in a village cricket match. You could blame a dodgy wicket, and indeed they do, but even so one has to think it was the dodgiest, one sided wicket in cricket history. Luckily the opposition Dishforth also smelt a rat, so gifted them a few extras to leave them on 5 at the end.


The Antz Bully

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A shot from AntZAnt Bully with very similar looking Ant DesignsNotice any similarities in the ant character designs between Woody Allen voiced Antz and all new ant based CG animated film The Ant Bully coming out next week? The colours, texturres and angularity in the animation design all seems a bit familiar. And this is not a sequel to the previous film.

Actually I am all for this. Why waste the money inventing a totally new set of rules and designs for anthropomorphasizing ants, when you’ve already done it once. Do people complain that the people in films always look like the same type of people? There is more than one story to be told about ants after all. And Antz was one of the few times (if not the only time) Dreamworks beat Pixar – as I prefer Antz to A Bug’s Life. Still, here’s a review of The Ant Bully which seems to suggest that it runs like the communist manifesto for kids. Americans eh – McCarthism ain’t dead.